The natives or the tribals of the Araku Valley live in conditions that have to be seen to be believed. These are the most ordinary people making out a living by some sort of farming, livestock sale etc and live in conditions that can be termed as below basic.
The houses are made of mud or in some cases bricks, there is no road in the village except pathways made of earth, no toilets & bath except temporary enclosures, no electricity, no gas, no piped water supply and no sanitation facility. Their earthly possessions are a few pots & pans, some clothes for daily wear, some fancy clothes for any important occasions.
Everyday the women need to walk to the nearest water body for their bath and drinking and cooking. Thus this is daily chore that one has to perform day by day and year after year and unless she goes out to the water body to fetch the water there would be no water to drink or to cook. Over a period of time they have become adept in balancing the fully loaded aluminum pots on their head and carry the water home. On an average a woman carries about 15 to 20 liters at a time which means 15 to 20 kgs. of water and walk to her home which is good mile or half a mile. This is done day after day and morning and evening as the situation demands.
Yet they all seem to happy, healthy and a great smile on their face. The ability to face life and keep smiling seems to be key that enables them to move on with life despite harsh conditions of existence.
I had the opportunity to watch their efforts closely and photograph some of them on their way home after the water fill.
Enjoy the pictures.
Keywords:Andhrapradeshstate, Arakuvalley, Tribals, Visakhapatnam, Watercarriersataraku